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12-20-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
Don't have data for '86, but we have data for at least two seasons during Yzerman's prime, in which he missed a substantial amount of games (but not for '86 AFAIK): In '88 he missed 16 games (.563 with, .656 without) and in '94 he missed 26 games (.569 with, .654 without). Sure, Yzerman may have been playing through injuries at times during those seasons, but his team didn't just maintain their level in his absence, they significantly increased it (expected .567, actual .655).
16 games is too small of a sample size (it's a difference of only 3 points in 16 games) and gimme a break with the 93/94 team, they were NOT even close to being a mediocre team by that point.

I'm with Brave on this one, the Wings in the mid-late 80's was a much better team with Stevie than without him.

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